Brand: Rouge Bunny Rouge
What I liked:
– if you like metallic, floral woody scents, this is for you
– full of contrasts
– good sillage, tame and wearable
– good staying power
– beautiful bottle
What I didn’t like:
– if you like very sweet or very bold scents, this is not for you
When I think of Arcadia, I think of an untouched, unspoiled natural paradise inhabited by nymphs and shepherds. Men live peacefully in the wilderness, in harmony with a nature that boundlessly provides for their every need.
So, I was surprised when Arcadia, a new fragrance by Rouge Bunny Rouge, revealed its perfumey nature. It doesn’t smell synthetic nor chemical. Just abstract. Rather than the reminiscence of a pastoral life, Arcadia embodies the idyllic myth someone watching that world from afar has created of it in her mind.
It may be close to the original, but it never gets real. Because Arcadia isn’t real. It’s just a myth that lives in our imagination. And a beautiful one too. Just like the scent it has inspired.
Its perfumey vibe is present from the very beginning. Arcadia opens with a fresh burst of ozonic notes that evoke a storm just passed. Trees, grass, and flowers are still glistening with raindrops. An amaretto accord adds a touch of bitterness, which is perfectly balanced by the sweetness of plum and saffron.
The heart is a beautiful bouquet of sweet lily of the valley and fruity-smelling osmanthus laced in incense. The incense is quite tame. It smoulders softly in the background, never overpowering the rest of the accord or taking a more prominent part in it. A mineral note, dry and hot, finishes off the accord, creating a nice, but subtle, contrast with the floral bouquet.
The drydown is, compared to the rest of the composition, quite boring. It’s a sensual and woody blend of vetiver, oak moss, and cedarwood that evokes the forests of Arcadia. Again, it is quite tame. The whole scent is. It’s what makes it easy to wear despite its many facets.
Arcadia is full of contrasts. It’s ozonic and woody. Sweet and bitter. Hot and cold. Dry and humid. With a hint of spiciness thrown in for good measure. Yet, it doesn’t scream for attention but neither does it hide too close to the skin. Sillage is just right, and so is staying power. I spritz it on in the morning and, in the evening, I can still catch whiffs of it as it is slowly fading away.
Rouge Bunny Rouge is a tame metallic floral woody composition full of contrasts. Both sillage and staying power are good.